Frozen home pipes however cattle shed is ok

Mid-December introduced us one of many coldest snaps of climate for a couple of years. It has been at the least 5 years since we’ve suffered such extended, low daytime temperatures.

Fortunately, we managed to flee the worst of the snow, with vivid, clear and crisp days.

I all the time discovered it irritating having to offer time to thawing out water troughs, so through the years we’ve got invested in our chilly climate tolerance.

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David Girvan

Livestock Farmer Focus author David Girvan and household run a 140-cow Stabiliser multiplier herd and 950 wool shedding crossbred ewes on a 3,000ha upland farm west of Inverness. Completed inventory are despatched to Woodheads. Variations embody pumpkin choosing, wind generators and a biomass boiler.

The calves are on slats with nipple drinkers to produce clear water. Prior to now, these drinkers had been an enormous downside.

We now have all of them on one steady loop with a radiator thermostat set on a frost setting.

When the temperature drops, it opens to let water trickle out, sufficient to maintain the pipe from freezing.

With excessive daytime temperatures of -6C and lows of -12C within the night, fortunately the system coped nice.

Sadly, one of many homes on the farm was not so fortunate.

Having spent a couple of days away from house, one of many tenants had forgotten to high up their electrical energy meter, leading to there being no energy to warmth the skin field that homes the ultraviolet water filtration system.

This resulted within the filters and pipes all freezing and no water in the home, in addition to the neighbouring property.

Fortunately, after we spent a morning thawing it out, there was no lasting injury. A lesson realized.

In some ways, 2022 was yr. The climate was type, costs for our inventory had been good in contrast with the previous few years, and our public occasions had been a hit.

The draw back is the rise in enter prices, making issues robust for all industries. Even within the quieter months, the payments are massive in contrast with years passed by.

Sadly, the trade nonetheless faces the stress of low cost meals.

There may be nonetheless work to do in educating the patron on the true worth – not simply nutritionally – of consuming meat, corresponding to the advantages to our communities and the economic system.

Hopefully, 2023 will deliver with it extra readability within the subsidy system, and a step ahead in convincing the general public that UK produce is finest.